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if you believe a recent CNN column opining that dogs, cats and other domestic pets are causing irreparable harm to the climate.

Posted by: Arioch | Nov 27 2022 3:27 utc | 201

@ Arioch | Nov 27 2022 3:27 utc | 201 with the link about dog/cats causing climate damage....sigh

I love all animals but wonder about the relationship between humans and animals being a projection of the superiority/control of lesser beings thing...but I digress.

I live near a city park that is a favorite of local dog lovers that drive from all over to come walk their dogs here on regular basis. The energy "used" on an ongoing basis for this far exceeds whatever that article says the pets are contributing.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Nov 27 2022 3:43 utc | 202

going to post this again tomorrow, since it's late. it's related to ukraine, but i guess it goes here:

"Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen has assumed all “responsibility” and stepped down as the head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) following a series of election defeats to the opposition candidates, who focused their campaign on local issues and maintaining peace without being overly confrontational with Beijing."

woo hoooo! i mean, we'll see. not exactly saying they are part of china, but better than ms usa Ing-wen. i hope.

at rt, world news page, can't link here.

Posted by: polarbear4 | Nov 27 2022 5:03 utc | 203

oh shoot. taiwan resignation "largely symbolic." sry for the fuss. still sort of good news.

Posted by: polarbear4 | Nov 27 2022 5:05 utc | 204

CANADA topic moved from Ukraine thread

Trying a lucky dip file from The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Start from say page 60

[...] The federal government knowingly chose not to provide schools with enough money to
ensure that kitchens and dining rooms were properly equipped, that cooks were properly
trained, and, most significantly, that food was purchased in sufficient quantity and quality
for growing children. It was a decision that left thousands of Aboriginal children vulnera-
ble to disease.

Health: “For sickness, conditions at this school are nothing less than criminal.”

The number of students who died at Canada’s residential schools is not likely ever to
be known in full. The most serious gap in information arises from the incompleteness of
the documentary record. Many records have simply been destroyed. According to a 1935
federal government policy, school returns could be destroyed after five years, and reports
of accidents after ten years. This led to the destruction of fifteen tonnes of waste paper.
Between 1936 and 1944, 200,000 Indian Affairs files were destroyed. Health records
were regularly destroyed.

[...] This graph suggests that the peak of the health crisis in the schools occurred in the late
nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It also shows that the death rate remained high
until the 1950s.
The death rates for Aboriginal children in the residential schools were far higher than
those experienced by members of the general Canadian population.

[...] In nearly 50% of the cases (both in the Named and Unnamed registers), there is no
recorded cause of death
. From those cases where the cause of death was reported, it is
clear that until the 1950s, the schools were the sites of an ongoing tuberculosis crisis.
Tuberculosis accounted for just less than 50% of the recorded deaths ...

( iow, TB might only have accounted for ~25% of total deaths pre-1950 - no one really knows for certain )

[...] the tuberculosis health crisis in the schools was part of a broader Aboriginal health
crisis that was set in motion by colonial policies that separated Aboriginal people from
their land, thereby disrupting their economies and their food supplies. This crisis was par-
ticularly intense on the Canadian Prairies. Numerous federal government policies con-
to the undermining of Aboriginal health.

[...] The high deaths rates in the schools were, in part, a reflection of the high death rates
among the Aboriginal community in general. Indian Affairs officials often tried to portray
these rates as simply the price that Aboriginal people had to pay as part of the process of
becoming civilized
. In reality, these rates were the price they paid for being colonized.

PAGE 109
Residential schools inflicted profound injustices on Aboriginal people. Aboriginal par-
ents were forced, often under pressure from the police, to give up their children to the
schools. Children were taken far from their communities to live in frightening custodial
institutions, which felt like prisons. The children who attended residential schools were
often treated as if they were offenders, and yet they were the ones at risk of being physically
and sexually abused.

The Canadian legal system failed to provide justice to Survivors who were abused. When,
in the late 1980s, that system eventually did begin to respond to the abuse, it did so inade-
quately and in a way that often revictimized the Survivors. The Commission has been able
to identify fewer than fifty convictions stemming from abuse at residential schools. This is
a small fraction of the more than 38,000 claims of sexual and serious physical abuse that
were submitted to the independent adjudication process that was established to assess
and compensate residential school abuse claims.

In many ways, the residential school experience lies at the root of the over-incarcera-
tion of Aboriginal people, which continues to this day.

( the same story is repeated all over the world in every post-colonial setting - can't be an accident or chance alone )

and another

That's the problem with such inquiries and reports. There's just way too much information to get one's head around ..... that's why it's not a bad idea to rely upon the Official Findings and simply take their word for it - they were there - they heard and looked at all the information.

It's got to be better than second guessing or believing in "cherry-picked" items that show up in the media or snippets popping on the internet and social media feeds. These are difficult matters.

Posted by: SeanAU | Nov 27 2022 6:51 utc | 205

" Thanksgiving Day " Energy Gratitude by Nate Hagens
7 mins quicky

Posted by: SeanAU | Nov 27 2022 9:00 utc | 206

India experiencing some dramatic political change perhaps.

“Seeing the acceptance enjoyed by the AAP in Gujarat, BJP leaders are unhappy and shocked. As a result, they have started attacking AAP workers,” Kejriwal said, adding that the BJP is staring at defeat in Gujarat.

Assembly polls will be held in Gujarat in two phases – on December 1 and 5 – while the results will be declared on December 8.

Arvind Kejriwal is enticing Congress voters to move with the times and back his AAP party.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Nov 27 2022 10:02 utc | 207

Intel Slava Z

🇮🇷⚡The Iranian parliament approved the country's entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. A necessary formality, but nonetheless. An important step in the development of the SCO. Belarus and several other Asian states are also in the process of joining the SCO.

And ...

MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS /. Iran's parliament has approved by a majority vote a bill on the Islamic republic's accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Mehr News Agency said on Sunday.

According to its data, 205 parliamentarians voted for the bill, three voted against and four abstained.

On September 30, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi signed a bill on the country's accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. According to the Young Journalists Club news agency, Raisi sent the bill to the country's parliament for consideration.

The organization’s summit in Uzbekistan on September 15-16 launched the procedure of admitting Belarus as a full-fledged member. Iran signed a memorandum on liabilities for joining the organization. Egypt and Qatar were granted a dialogue partner status, while Bahrain, Kuwait, the Maldives, Myanmar, and Saudi Arabia began the procedure for obtaining this status.

Posted by: Outraged | Nov 27 2022 11:46 utc | 208

Klinsmann might have been a good football player, but it looks like it ends there for him. He's an idiot.

"Watch @J_Klinsmann dismiss brown athletes, from Iran to Guatemala, repeatedly saying “this is their culture”, while the host and other guests are sitting there listening to him go on and on, live on @BBCSport."

Anyone who watches football would know how moronic Klinsmann's commentary is.

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